Budget house in Angthong
A vacation home made of easy-to-find materials
that can be constructed quickly and on a limited budget.

Budget house in Ang thong was constructed on the same plot of land as a Rice Bran Oil Refinery plant in Ang Thong Province. The homeowner intended to build a vacation home within their work area to reduce travel time between their home and the factory, which are in different provinces. Therefore, the home needs to be comfortable for residing in three to four days per week, simple to maintain, allow for quiet relaxation, be constructed at a limited cost, and be completed quickly. All of these challenges were assigned to PHTAA living design, a design team determined to overcome these obstacles through creativity.

The natural shelter

The designer took advantage of the location to create a private relaxation zone by using the area behind the existing tree line and the pond inside the factory as a natural shelter that demarcates the factory and the house. The house is also parallel to the pond, allowing a cool breeze from the pond to flow into the house, making it fully ventilated.

The land on which the house is built has an underground structure that does not require piles because of the high soil density quality. As a result, instead of a Deep Foundation, a Shallow Foundation, which is a foundation laid on the soil without supporting piles, can be used to reduce construction costs.

When faced with limitations, flexibility must be implemented effectively. Another important factor in construction that will help budget control and shorten construction time is local materials or common materials that are readily available for use in that area. Local builders are already skilled at using these materials. The designer only added creativity to the design while systematically transforming the use of construction materials to solve difficult challenges with a simple solution.

Easy-to-find materials that are proficiently used by builders

Brick blocks that are stronger and larger than common bricks can be used to build a box-shaped structure faster. The structure is protected against moisture ingress and mould growth with waterproofing paint. This makes the house easier to maintain and lessens the aftercare burden.

Ventilation blocks assist in ventilation and allow natural air to flow into the house while also providing some privacy to the homeowner who still being able to see the surrounding area.

Fibre cement roof tiles. Who says roof tiles can’t be used as walls? The Budget house in Angthong uses fibre cement corrugated roof tiles as both the roof and the front and back walls to create a unique and appealing appearance on the surface of the house. The tiles can be cut to fit perfectly into the gable. They prevent heat from outside and insulate better in the rainy season than galvanized sheets or metal sheets.

Simplicity that doesn’t come easy

A good home does not always necessitate a large budget. “God is in the details,” said world-renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Following this philosophy, the designer employs creativity and attention to detail, resulting in a house that exemplifies how typical materials may be used to create a high-quality home.

A simple solution, but not an easy one to come up with. All parties involved must have a thorough understanding of the material’s properties, pay close attention to how each material fits together to create a beautiful and perfect appearance, and apply construction techniques to overcome various limitations to create a simple architecture that is not difficult to access. The house is being built with quality and is a model for a good home that overcomes challenges through creativity.

Design: PHTAA living design
Image: Beer Singnoi